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Lima and places nearby

Different places to visit which are not too far from Lima.

by abbieAbout Me:I am a student from the UK and I have recently completed my year abroad where I spent my first semester studying in Granada, Spain, and my second semester in Lima, Peru. I love to travel whenever I can and particularly love hiking in the m... read more

South AmericaPeru2 days / March - April - May - June 2022

Highs & Lows

A night under the stars in Markahuasi


Itinerary Overview

I lived in Lima for 5 months, and on weekends I went to different places that normally did not have to be very far from the city, in order to take advantage of all its surroundings and be able to see as many places as possible. Choosing nearby places makes it easier to go and thus make it worth going just for the weekend. Lima is a wonderful city with a beautiful coastline and incredible food, the variety in terms of flavors is exceptional and the entire gastronomic offer is very wide. The places I visited that are not far away include Obrajillo, a wonderful little town in the mountains, which represents the Peruvian culture to perfection, Pachacamac, a place where you can take walks while being surrounded by all the fauna of the area, this it is very close to Lima, Marcahuasi, a great place to camp in the mountains, Paracas, where you can see penguins and sea lions, and Huacachina, an oasis in the desert. 

  • 1 Night: Marcahuasi
    Pachamama ritual, camping
  • 1 Night: Obrajillo
    Nature, animals, mountains

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I never went to Arequipa or Huaraz, (both not close to Lima but well worth seeing according to people I've met.

  • How was the food?

    If you're ever in Barranco, go to Burrito Bar! The best burritos ever

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try picarones if you like sweet desserts. They were so good and I miss them dearly.

  • Packing tips?

    Bring clothes for alll weathers. Lima has mild temperatures during winter, (which is when our summer is in Europe), but you still need a good jacket for the colder days/evenings.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Collectivos are cheap and you just need to ask around a bit to make sure you get the right one.

  • Any surprises?

    How cold Marcahuasi was at night! You need to bring so many layers.